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A crow sits on fencing erected around the Epsom Downs racecourse, in Epsom, England, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. Athletic...

Man who fell 30 feet to death on peak near Boulder ID'd

Jul. 1, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a hiker who died after falling about 30 feet (9.1 meters) near the summit of a mountain peak south of Boulder. Boulder County sheriff's officials say a thunderstorm stranded 23-year-old Gavin Caruso, of Springfield, Illinois, and his 19-year-old...

Toddler wounded in latest child shooting in Chicago

Jul. 1, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 3-year-old girl was shot and wounded while playing with other children in the front yard of a home on Chicago’s South Side — the latest in a spate of child shootings in the city. The girl’s mother ran outside and found her daughter on the ground after a relative heard...

FILE - This 2020 file photo shows Tommy Hottovy of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that left him quarantined for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Cubs pitching coach says COVID-19 quarantined him for month

Jul. 1, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An emotional Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy is recovering from a severe case of COVID-19 that quarantined him for 30 days. The 38-year-old Hottovy broke down as he detailed a harrowing ordeal during a conference call on Wednesday. The Cubs resume workouts Friday for the first time...

Sky F Lavender has foot surgery, will miss 2020 season

Jun. 30, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Sky forward Jantel Lavender is recovering after surgery on a broken bone in her left foot. The team announced Lavender had the procedure on the fifth metatarsal in the foot on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Lavender, who has averaged 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in 288 games over nine...

A photo among those released Tuesday, June 30, 2020, by Chicago police and the U.S. Attorney's Office is this one of a vehicle that was set ablaze in Chicago in the days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Chicago police and federal authorities announced they are looking to the public to provide the identities of 18 people who allegedly set fires during unrest following Floyd's death. (Government photo/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Authorities seek help identifying Chicago arson suspects

Jun. 30, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police and federal authorities announced Tuesday they are looking to the public to provide the identities of 18 people who allegedly set fires during unrest following the death of George Floyd. U.S. Attorney John Lausch and Chicago police Superintendent David Brown released videos...

Wage hike, driving privileges, civics addressed in new laws

Jun. 30, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a salary increase for the second time this year as required by a law signed last year by Gov. J.B....

Cook County won't prosecute protesters for minor offenses

Jun. 30, 2020 2:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office announced Tuesday that her office won’t prosecute protesters for minor offenses such as disorderly conduct, unlawful gathering and violating curfew. State's Attorney Kim Foxx's announcement comes after the arrests of...

Facebook to build $800 million data center in DeKalb

Jun. 30, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Facebook has announced it will build an $800 million data center in DeKalb that will create about 100 permanent jobs and depend on 100 percent renewable energy. The 907,000 square-foot data center, Facebook’s 12th in the U.S. and first in Illinois, will use 80% less water than an...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Canada's Victoria Hayward watches her inside-the-park grand slam against Guatemala during the first inning of a game in the Softball Americas Olympic qualifier tournament in Surrey, British Columbia. Hayward would have been in Japan right about now preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she will not have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. She is one of the 56 elite players signed to suit up when Athletes Unlimited launches the first of its professional women's sports leagues with a six-week season near Chicago in late August and an innovative model made for the moment. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

New league attracts softball's best, gives power to players

Jun. 30, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Victoria Hayward would have been in Japan right about now, preparing for the Olympics as captain of Canada's softball team. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the Summer Games back a year. But she won't have to wait too much longer to get back on the field. Hayward is one of the 56 elite...